Miguel Salmon Del Real, born 1978 in Mexico, is one of the most complete conductors of his generation, composer, musicologist and researcher, he holds academic degrees and master classes diplomas in orchestral conducting, choral conducting, composition and musicology in Mexico, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. Having performed the world premier of nearly 100 works of composers around the globe, he has conducted orchestras, choirs, and ensembles in The Netherlands, Poland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Mexico. He is, as well, author of theoretical writings on art and culture, lecturer and teacher.
Since 2009, as chief conductor of the Ensamble Nuevo de México, he has carried out about 70 world premieres of Mexican living composers. In 2012 he became the winner, by unanimous decision, for the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra of the Arts at its first competition for Mexican conductors. Between 2012 and 2015 he served as chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Michoacan, a position obtained by national competition. In that period he accomplished 113 symphony concerts in 14 cities of Mexico, 34 world premieres and 11 national premieres with the participation of 145 guests artists from a total of 17 countries. During this period he founded the first Opera Festival of Michoacan. During this festival he rescued and premiered, in its original version, the second Opera of Ricardo Castro, “The Legend of Rudel”, achieving the critical edition of the score. Other important premieres of Mexican scores of the first half of the Twentieth Century included the symphonic poem “El diluvio de Fuego” of Paulino Paredes and the microtonal Concertino for ensemble and orchestra of Julian Carrillo.
Before leaving for Europe, between 1996 and 2002, he studied Choral, Orchestra Conducting, Musicology and languages (Xavier González) and Composition (Juan Trigos and Victor Rasgado) and piano (Gustavo Morales) as well as completing the polyphonic workshop studies with Humberto Hernandez-Medrano and several humanistic courses with Ernesto de la Peña. In 2005 he obtained the bachelor degree in music composition at the Conservatory of The Hague (Ayres, Barlow, van Bergeijk and Wagennar), making additional studies in algorithmic composition (Paul Berg) and psychoacoustics (Bert Kraaipoel) in the annual course at the Sonology Institute of the same Conservatory. In 2009 he received a Masters degree in orchestral conducting at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (with professor Lucas Vis, former assistant of Bruno Maderna, pupil of Hermann Scherchen).
He was selected by Pierre Boulez in 2005 and Peter Eotvos in 2007 to take active part at the Conducting Course of the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. In 2006, Boulez wrote about him, “he has certainly proven to be a serious and talented musician.”
2010 and 2011 he was the artistic coordinator for the International Foro de Música Nueva “Manuel Enríquez”, sponsored by the INBA (National Institute for Fine Arts). He has served as a teacher (Orchestration, Fugue, music theory, orchestral and choral workshop) at the Centre for Studies and Music Research (CIEM), the Escuela Superior de Música (ESM) and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Mexico city. He lectured at the Manuel M. Ponce Sala of the Palace of Fine Arts and at the Center for Research and Documentation and Musical Information “Carlos Chávez” (CENIDIM) as well as at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM). His Master’s thesis “New old ideas in musical composition; a compendium of unknown notions by and about Julian Carrillo” was completed in 2009 and it is based on the comprehensive study of writings and works of the composer Julian Carrillo.
Miguel Salmon Del Real has conducted the following international orchestras:
Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic (Poland, 2016)
Kalisz Philharmonic (Poland, 2015)
Trier Philharmonic (Germany, 2014)
Voronezh Symphony (Russia, 2014)
Opole Philharmonic (Poland, 2014)
Gaia Philharmonic (Portugal, 2014)
Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava (Czech Republic, 2007)
Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire de Paris
(France, 2007 and 2008)
Orchestre d'Auvergne (France, 2007)
Court Circuit Ensemble (France, 2007)
London Steve Reich Ensemble (UK 2006)
Kosmopolitan Ensemble Berlin (Germany, 2003)
Nederlandse Nieuwe Muziek Groep
orchestras in Mexico:
Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán
(from 2012 to 2015, Chief Conductor)
Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (2012, 2014 and 2015)
Orquesta de la Universidad de Guanajuato (2013 and 2015)
Camerata de Coahuila (2015)
Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes (2012 and 2014)
Orquesta Escuela Carlos Chávez (2014)
Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas (2014)
Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Carlos Chávez (2012 and 2013)
Orquesta Sinfónica de San Luis Potosí (2013)
Orquesta de la Universidad de Hidalgo (2007, 2009 and 2012)
Orquesta Sinfónica de Puebla (2010 and 2011)
Orquesta Sinfónica de Coyoacán (2010 and 2011)
Orquesta Sinfónica de la Escuela Superior de Música
(2009-2010, Assistant Conductor)
Ensamble Nuevo de México (from 2009, Chief Conductor)
Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora (2009)
Orquesta Juvenil de Zacatecas (2009)
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